By Ellie Kempton of Simply Nourished
As the days slowly become longer and brighter they awaken life all around. Just as green leaves emerge from barren branches and crocuses poke their way through the melting snow, it’s natural to feel a rush of vibrancy and renewal... which begs the question: what do I do to harness the power of this season?
If you take a look at traditional medicine, you’ll notice the emphasis on spring cleansing is not new. In fact, ancient Chinese Medicine devotes the entire season to cleansing the liver and the gallbladder; two organs that are essential in the filtration of the body, which then promotes renewal on a deep cellular level. Chronic symptoms such as congestion, insomnia, and constipation tend to resolve themselves when the body is given the opportunity to function the way it was designed.
Apart from environmental toxic exposure, it is completely natural to create toxins all the time as a byproduct of our normal metabolic functions [digestion, exercise, breathing etc.].
If the body has the appropriate nutrients + protein on board, the body can undergo both phases of detox.
The two phases entail:
Step 1: Transforming the toxin into an “intermediate metabolite” by p450 enzymes. Essentially this makes the toxic compound “sticky” so that something can be added to it prepping the compound for step 2.
Step 2: Converting the transformed “intermediate metabolite” into water soluble compounds for excretion. Essentially this neutralizes the toxin so the body can get rid of it safely and easily through one of the 6 channels of elimination.
By simply coordinating your diet with the cycles of the seasons, you effortlessly employ the earth’s medicine to help boost your immunity and slough off toxins.
Below is a list of my favorite cleansing foods, the therapy they offer the body and a very simple way to prepare them. Instead of resorting to harsh or dramatic cleansing, simply include 3 into your repertoire of foods per day while putting pen to paper journaling the relief you experience from symptoms of toxicity.
To your freedom + vibrance,